Croatia is out of competition for the best Eurovision song this year, but that doesn't mean we can't be included in Eurovision drama!
Salvador Sobral, last year's winner, has given an interview to Portugese paper Publico, saying that the song of Israel's representative Netta Barzilai is horrible. However, many of the Eurovision fans consider it to be a favourite.
Sobral also added that he hopes to stop being regarded as the winner of the festival and to return to just being Salvador Sobral of music, saying that this instant fame doesn't suit him at all. However, he admits that Eurovision also has brought many good things, so it's love-hate relationship.
Sobral's words made Jacques Houdek, Croatian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, really furious. It seems that Houdek decided to say all that he's kept bottled up for a year. This is what he wrote:
- SHAME ON YOU, Salvador Sobral!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Is this how a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to speak out? You tried so hard to portray yourself as a humble man, as a true artist, and you may have tricked the entire Europe, but you did not fool me! Let me tell you something Salvador Sobral - last year, when you missed out on ALL of the ESC rehearsals, and your sister did them for you - the European Broadcasting Union - EBU should have disqualified you! It was unprofessional and extremely unfair to all of us who were there, doing all the hard work! It was also very sad and unfortunate that you were sick, I have to say, but if you are having health issues - YOU DON‘T TAKE ON such a huge project like Eurosong! Even in your own victory speech you were unpleasant to all of us, your fellow Eurosong contestants - but NOW, you are being far more rude by picking on Israel‘s representative Netta Barzilai and her song, it is just outrageous! So patronising and completely inappropriate, not gentleman-like of you to do this! You should apologize ASAP!!! You are not just a winner of Esc, you are a host now, as Esc is held in your own country, so this behavior of yours is even worse! If you hate the concept of Eurovision so much, you never should have competed! Now, you even say you want to get as far away from the fact you won the Esc... Come on... The fact that you had to struggle to listen to last year songs and now you are so happy that you don‘t have to listen to any of this year‘s „horrible“ ESC songs just tells us all that you are a very small person! All of these young artists have dreams and they are under enormous pressure at this moment, so who are you to put shade on any of them? You may think you are a true artist, that is your right, but to me you just seem like a poser. Do you really think you are cool by acting so non-interested and distant? Not! Do you really believe that this kind of behaviour makes you a bigger artist in the public eye? It does not! It just shows us all that you are fake, just like you were a year ago when you won the ESC 2017. You may have won the ESC, but to me you are not a winner! I wish all the best of luck to all the contestants in this year‘s competition. Kisses and hugs from sunny Croatia!